Tea Forté… not your everyday cup

Here at WAG, we’re a tea-loving group.

We enjoy a cuppa all year long – often opting for iced tea in the warmer months.

But with autumn’s official arrival, we are now all about daydreams of quiet afternoons curled up with a good book – and a cup of luxurious hot tea.

So, it was a bit of a no-brainer, as they say, when Tea Forté offered us a sampling of its premium teas. (Yes, please.)

The Concord, Massachusetts-based company bills itself as offering “The Exceptional Tea Experience,” where “extraordinary teas meet unparalleled presentation” – and we have to agree.

The tea is offered in both loose-leaf versions and the signature pyramid-shaped silken infusers filled with the tea leaves, giving the tea drinker the chance to steep as he or she prefers.

The oversize box of tea and tea accessories that arrived in our offices (tough job and all that…) has been shared – and the reviews are in.

As one of our reviewers, who sampled Cherry Amour herbal tea, said, “It was delicious. Fruity yet not overly sweet. A rich cherry taste.”

Another, who deemed the Caramel Nougat black tea “good,” added, “It has a pronounced caramel flavor without tasting artificial or masking the flavor of the black tea.”

And one of our most avid tea-loving reviewers was practically gushing that those she sampled (including Apricot Amaretto, Blueberry Merlot and her absolute favorite, African Solstice), were “fragrant, flavorful, smooth and full-bodied. They have lovely qualities… I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed them.”

I was already familiar with Tea Forté, having experienced it at several restaurants. We’ve since learned that it’s featured at “leading hotels, restaurants, resorts and retailers – and is the exclusive tea purveyor for the James Beard Foundation.”

I was most intrigued by the Bleu collection, described as, “sustainably sourced, all natural, caffeine-free teas with no artificial colors or ingredients. Butterfly Pea Flowers give each Bleu infusion a unique and vivid blue hue.”

I tried the Bleu Hibiscus herbal tea, “an alluring botanical bouquet of hibiscus flowers, rose hips and citrus.” Though I knew it would be blue, I was still surprised by its vibrant color – and pleased with the delicate, soothing taste, perfect for an evening when the chill was starting to arrive.

The lavish assortment of tea was complemented by a selection of elegant accessories which further fueled our holiday gift-ideas (and wish lists). Among the items were a stunning Lusso Platinum Tea Infuser, a splurge for the true connoisseur; Kati Steeping Cups; a Bamboo Oval Tray; a charming Sugar & Creamer set; and a Café Cup.

It all added up to a generous bounty, to be sure – and provided a lovely glimpse into a company in which luxury and pampering have certainly found a home.

For more, visit teaforte.com.

– Mary Shustack

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